MILLEDGEVILLE — On Tuesday, May 10, Commissioner Pete Wheeler and the Veterans Service Board of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will host the dedication of the phase II expansion of the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Milledgeville. The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
State Sen. Johnny Grant of Milledgeville will be the keynote speaker.
Phase II primarily is an expansion of the cemetery’s overall interment capacity but it also includes a sod farm and enhancements to two of the existing buildings.
The new development encompasses about 10 acres, including the road network.
There are 973 pre-placed, double-depth crypts. There are spaces for 348 single vaults and 644 in-ground cremation spaces. This configuration will allow for a total casketed burial capacity of 2,294 people. There are no new columbaria in this phase as the existing columbaria have enough capacity for approximately 10 more years.
With phase II complete, Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Milledgeville should have enough burial capacity through 2021.
Phase II development of the cemetery was started in September 2010 by Copper Construction Company at a cost of $1.5 million.
The Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Milledgeville was established on 142 acres the department received from the Georgia Forestry Commission and was dedicated in December 2001.
State veterans cemeteries are part of the VA’s national cemetery system. The burial of veterans and their spouses in state veteran cemeteries is governed by the same regulations as the national cemeteries.